As a kid growing up in Los Angeles, we didn’t do any picking our own fruits. As an adult, I feel I get to catch up on all the adventure I missed as a kid-- so we try to make it out to have as much connection with food and nature as we can.
Last Saturday, we loaded the car with friends and headed up to Sebastopol about an hour and ten minutes north of the bay to Twin Hill Ranch for apple picking. We left early-ish (10am) to avoid traffic and arrived in time to start out with a nice picnic lunch. I was sent these cool little packs of Utensil Wipes to try out and they sure came in handy at our picnic for sharing our only fork and for washing our apples as we sampled bites to make sure we were picking the best apples. These are great to keep in your bag to clean off dropped pacies, water bottles and toys because they are food grade and safe for little mouths. Newer non-scented wipes are coming out next year.
Now, back to the apples...This farm has no ups or extras like pony rides or fancy bouncy houses, but I liked that. Nothing else to suck your money or draw the kids’ attention away from the main attraction.
After lunch, we grabbed some baskets and headed out to the orchards. There were plenty of apples for the kids to nab and they had fun trying to pick the perfect apples. Mina, the labradoodle, was welcomed and also loved stomping around the grounds.
They have a sweet little shop that sells apple juice and applesauce along with some highly recommended baked goods. This is also where you’ll buy your apples at $2 a pound. Beware, the apple weight sneaks up on you! Be sure to check their website for hours prior to your trip out.
- A picnic lunch and lots of water.
- Sunscreen and a hat, it was hot and sunny.
- A wagon, apples get heavy and kids get tired.
Where do you do your apple picking? Yay for fall. Next up, lots of applesauce and apple butter making! Any must make apple recipes? Please share in comments.